Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 27, 1976 · Page 83
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 83

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 27, 1976
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Revival of an Old Tradition Hard at work in preparation for their big meeting Saturday. July 3. at Laidley Field are these North- South football stars. They're quartered at West V i r g i n i a State College, where they have access to the fine athletic facilities there, as well as the dormitories, where they eat and sleep. The North-South game is being revived -- after 21 years -- in a gala show that will be sponsored by the Charleston Lions Club and the W.Va. Coaches' Assn. The last game was played in 1955 when the South won 40-2! Famous Fables By K. K. Ktlpar LINE: In his last year as football coach at Notre Dame, Frank Leahy was angered by the inept performance of the offensive line on the practice field, he recalled in Shake Down the Thunder! by W e l l s Twombly. "I began to use harsh language and I lost my temper many times. One night before a big game, I went to the church on campus. I walked back into the deepest corner and there was a priest hearing confessions. I sneaked in, hoping he wouldn't recognize my voice. "After he had listened to my confession, he said, 'Tell me, how's the line?' "That set me o f f . 'Father.' I growled, 'our line is pitiful. They're lazy. They don't block at the line of scrimmage. They don't go down field to block. They're a disgrace to the game. They're ' "What's gotten into you' interrupted the priest. 'All I am trying to find out is how long the line is outside the confessional box.' " CONVERSATION: In February of 1936, his first year with the Yankees, Joe DiMaggio was making preparations to leave San Francisco for training camp in Florida. Also preparing for the trip were two other Yankees from San Francisco. Tony Lazzeri and Frank Crosetti. recalls the latter. "Tony and I were going to drive to Florida in his new car and we invited DiMag to come along on the ten day ride. I was a quiet guy. Tony didn't talk much and DiMag didn't say a word. He just sat in the back seat and looked out of the window, while Tony and I shared the driving. We would go two or three hours and then look at the other guy and say, 'Wanna drive?' and we'd shift places. "That was about all the conversation in the car. About the third day, I said to Tony we ought to ask the kid to drive. Tony turned to Di- Mag and said, 'Wanna drive, kid?' " I don't know how.' "And that was all he said on the entire trip." James Buchanan: A. Pig Caused His Crisis By Sid Moody Once upon a time, a greedy Canadian hog did its damnedest to make James Buchanan a wartime president. The upwelling of secession in the South seemed by far the darkest war cloud in the United States in 1859. But that June, on the far-off island of San Juan in Puget Sound, a pig broke down a fence and began rooting in Lyman A. Cutler's potato field. Angered, Cutler shot .the animal. Almost as quickly as you could say "pigs is pigs." American and British soldiers were staring down their gun barrels at each other. That suclra chain of events could occur was because its weakest link was the month it took for news of pigs, or anything else, to reach from Washington Territory to Washington, D.C. Add in a freewheeling general operating on his own initiative far from headquarters--a recurring phenomenon in American history from Andrew Jackson in Florida to Douglas MacArthur in Korea--and the hog fat was in the fire. The problem was who owned San Juan Island, the United States or British Canada. Ironically. Buchanan had seemingly settled the matter in 1846 as President Folk's Secretary of State, by negotiating the Canadian boundary along the 49th parallel. Left undecided, however, was the e x t e n s i o n of the l i n e through the myriad islands of Pue- et Sound to the Pacific. The Hudson's Bay Company, a power in the Northwest, decided for itself that San Juan Island was British and opened a fishing station there in 1852. British sheep, pigs and f a r m e r s f o i l e d . So did Cutler and a handful of other American settlers. And eventually ."a tax collector from Washington Territory who defiantly raised an American flag atop his tent and squatted for a year demanding the Hudson's Bay farm pay taxes on its livestock. The British insisted San Juan was their territory, and the Americans were trespassers. In 1855 the sheriff of Whatcom County in Washington landed with eight men and two Indians armed with pistols and herded off a flock of sheep to be sold in lieu of taxes. Governor James Douglas of the Colony of Vancouver Island (later British Columbia) was enraged. Efforts to resolve the dispute were stalemated until the pig and Gen. William S. Harney arrived on the scene. Lyman Cutler had told the upset Hudson's Bay Co. he would pay for the pig--$3. The com- President James Buchanan. pany said the pig was a prize boar worth ?100. An armed vessel of the company was sent over from Vancouver, and tempers escalated, among them Gen. Harney's. Harney was a man who knew his own mind and enjoyed out-running his men in foot races and would take on any Indians as well who thought they could beat h i m -which they usually couldn't. During the Mexican War. Harney had refused to surrender his command on order from the crusty American commander. Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott, and was found guilty at a court-martial for disobedience and insubordination. He had been in other hot water for excessive independence, so when, as new commander of the Oregon Territory, he received a petition from Americans on San Juan for military protection, his reaction was not unpredictable. On July 18. 1859. he-ordered Capt. George E. Pickett. who later led the fa- mous Confederate charge at Gettysburg, to move a company of men to the island. The soldiers were to safeguard the Americans from Indians, B r i t a i n and the Hudson's Bay Co. T h e f o l l o w i n g d a y . H a r n e y thought to advise Scott of his order, but sent the dispatch to New York instead of Washington. It took six weeks to arrive. The British at Vancouver fumed at the "clandestine landing" of Pickett's men. who arrived."like thieves in the night." They sent over a 31-gun steam frigate with orders to land a force equal to the American ( w h i c h exceeded the number of U.S. settlers on the island). His admiral, however, being absent, the warship's captain decided to merely anchor offshore without landing. Both sides put ashore magistrates, however, and the American found Cutler guilty of willful damage and fined him heavily. Tempers cooled briefly. Gov. Douglas took a hard line towards the American garrison, but when the missing admiral. Robert L. Baynes, showed up, he also refused to land Marines. Instead he would keep warships in the area to protect British interests and await word from the Admiralty, twice as distant as Washington. The man the dispatches would ultimately find their way to was known, out of ear shot, as 0. P. F. -- Old Public Functionary ( O l d Pennsylvania Fogy to his enemies). At 69. James Buchanan had been a congressman, minister to Russia and England besides secretary of state. He was a courtly, wealthy bachelor who nonetheless liked the ladies. Although a Democrat from Pennsylvania, he was sympathetic to the South, but was looking forward to leaving the White House before the storm ' broke. And suddenly came an unexpected thunderclap from Washington Territory a continent away. Harney's explanation of what he had done reached Buchanan September 3. Lord knew what had happened in the i n t e r i m . B u c h a n a n quickly had Harney notified that he "had not anticipated that so decided a step (as o c c u p a t i o n ) would have been resorted to without instruction." Harney was reminded the watery boundary was still in dispute "between two friendy nations." Secretary of State Lewis Cass reassured the British ambassador that the general had acted entirely on his own responsibility, and this word was rushed on to London. To bring the i m p e t u o u s Harney to heel. Buchanan called out the 73-year-old Scott, a i l i n g from a fall from his horse, to sail in person to the battle. The gruff old 300-pound general managed to reach Fort Vancouver in Washington October 17. relieved to learn hostilities had not yet begun. Scott proposed to Douglas that a small American force be stationed on the southern end of San Juan and a like British detachment on the northern end. And no heavy guns. Baynes said he would not do so without an order from London. which was eventually forthcoming. British and American troops continued to occupy the island until 1872. when Emperor William 1 of Germany, at the request of both parties, arbitrated the dispute and awarded San J u a n to the U n i t e d States. Thus the nonbattle of Puget Sound, which began before the Civil War and outlived it by seven years. ended with but one casualty - the P'gNext: Elijah P. Lovejoy. 6m

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